Issue 632
August 25, 2018
The New World site has come to life with the great news that developers are looking for explorers to sign up for alpha testing and become "one of the first people to set foot on a mysterious continent". There is no word on when alpha testing will begin, however, the system specs have been revealed.
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the Battle for Azeroth expansion to World of Warcraft has scored a new Day-One sales record by moving 3.4M copies on August 14th. Seemingly, this does not include units pre-ordered prior to launch day. This makes BfA the "fastest-selling WoW expansion ever" and makes it "one of the fastest-selling PC games of all time".
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During Gamescom 2018, our pals Ed and Gareth were able to be among the first to get hands-on time with Echtra and Perfect World's Torchlight Frontiers - the brand new MMO ARPG based on the Torchlight franchise formerly of Runic Games. They also spoke to studio founder Max Schaefer about many of the finer details of how Frontiers will play - from housing to randomization, progression and gear, day and night cycles and more.
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Bandai Namco has announced that Bless Unleashed, a new MMORPG being built specifically for consoles, will be coming to XBox One. The game is being developed by Round 8 Studio, a division of Neowiz. Players will "dive into an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world where gods and mythical beasts exist".
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Let me preface this: Battle for Azeroth may very well be the pinnacle of story and zone design in World of Warcraft's 14-year history. I've loved almost every bit of questing and dungeon content, and I'm actually reading the quests for the first time in years. But there's a big glaring issue that's increasingly clear the more I play - it never feels like your character is growing or making progress in this expansion.
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Torchlight Frontiers is the third installment of the Torchlight franchise started by Runic Games, and now being made by Echtra Games. It is an Action RPG MMO published by Perfect World, and will be familiar immediately to fans of Torchlight 1 and 2 as it shares the same vantage point and Action RPG combat you've come to know and love. But instead of a finite single player or co-op experience, Torchlight Frontiers is a persistent shared world where hundreds and thousands of players can meet, play, hunt for gear, and level their characters. We'll be adding to this game listing as more details are revealed.

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